Redskins plan to run the ball a lot more in 2015


The Washington Redskins quarterback situation receives all the buzz, but the offensive focus will shift in 2015.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's Total Access Saturday night that the Redskins plan to run the ball a lot more than 2014.

"(RGIII) is still the face of the franchise," Rapoport said, "but as far as the actual plays they will call, my understanding is the Redskins are going to want to pound it and run the ball a lot more than they ever did, especially since they drafted physical running back Matt Jones.

"They see him as the kind of guy who will pound it at a defense late, especially when they still have the lead. No, he's not the bell cow yet -- it's still going to be Alfred Morris -- but at this point what the Redskins hope is to be a tough, physical running team and make plays in the passing game just when they need to on third down and in the red zone."

Washington rushed the ball 401 times in 2014 -- including quarterback and receiver runs -- 21st in the NFL. They handed the ball off to backs 333 times.

Morris compiled 265 carries for 1,074 yards and 4.1 per carry (all career lows). The 26-year-old has compiled 876 rushes over his three-year stint in Washington. If Jones lives up to the hype, he'll give Morris a welcome respite.

Jones is a physically imposing back, yet still has speed to get to the edge for his size. During the draft process, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Jones to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

The news that the Redskins plan to run the ball more is surely a welcome note for 'Skins fans after watching their struggling quarterback situation implode time and time again in 2014.

Handing the ball off more can only be a good thing for RGIII.

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